Newly acquired Johnson opens scoring for Seattle

BRADENTON, Fla. — Eddie Johnson, recently acquired by the Seattle Sounders FC, showed his veteran talent in scoring the first goal and leading his new team to a 5-0 exhibition victory over Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday.

Seattle, 3-0-2 in the exhibition season, scored three times in the first 30 minutes with Christian Sivebeak and David Estrada following Johnson’s score.

Johnson, in the 11th minute, controlled a ball from Zach Scott at midfield and, with his back to the goal, spun his defender and brought the ball to the goal box.

Once inside the box, Johnson cut to the middle with a step over and lofted the ball to the top corner of the net with his left foot.

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“He’s a quality player,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said of Johnson, a former member of the U.S. national team.